Today’s visit to watch the sunrise on top of Phu Chi Fa Mountain may just end up as the biggest highlight of our trip! Wow is all I can say! Looking down over the valleys you see the mountain tops peaking through the fog below – this place makes you feel like you are watching the sunrise from the heavens. Also while we were waiting we also had the Supermoon shining behind us!
Phu Chi Fa translated means “Hill that Points to the Sky” which I think is a perfect description. One side of the peak is in Thailand and the other side, Laos – which allows you to be in two countries at once. At 1628m high (5,341ft), it may not be the tallest mountain in Thailand (that honor goes to Doi Inthanon at 2565 or 8,415ft) but I think it is the most impressive looking – especially with its cliff like edge overlooking the Laos mountains.
We woke up at 3am in order to have enough time to reach the base of the mountain (about an hour away from our Home Stay). Once you arrive there you park your vehicle and grab a ride on a special songthaew truck (2 bench seats along each side of a truck bed). After a short time on a long and winding road you reach the upper gathering area. Here you will find a small market run by Hmong people. After you jump off the songthaew you will begin a 30 minute journey up a uneven, somewhat slick path, in the dark, to the top of Phu Chi Fa. But as you can see from the pictures above, it was worth it!
Gallery – Sunrise on Phu Chi Fa Mountain
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